Thinking About a Nonprofit Job? Here's What You Should Know

By Alison Green
U.S. News and World Report Online


If you’d like to spend your days helping people, working for a cause or otherwise doing something to improve your community or the world, working at a nonprofit might be for you.

Here’s what you should know about the vast and growing world of nonprofit work.

What does it mean to be a nonprofit? Nonprofits are organizations that work to improve the common good of society in some way, typically through charitable, educational, scientific or religious means. Their defining characteristic is that they don’t distribute a profit to private individuals (such as owners or investors); instead, they use all available revenue to serve the public interest in some way.

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